Child Went Forth, A
A simple, poetic exposition of a child's day at a modern summer camp. The six- to twelve-year-old children have been candidly photographed at work and play as they are encouraged to express their creative instincts and solve their problems independently.
Deals with children from two to seven, showing them in activities designed to cultivate self-reliance and independence. In close contact with nature in conditions as primitive as is consistent with safety, the children learn how to live with one another, learn self-discipline, learn how to build things and to develop their creative instinct. The commentary relates the activities of the camp to general progressive education techniques and emphasizes the potential importance of such institutions in solving the problem of caring for the children of women employed in defense industries and in emergency evacuation of city children.
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Subject: Poetic & Idealistic
Subject: A lovely documentary of 3 to 7 year old kids in a country haven during World War II
The title is from a Walt Whitman poem about childhood...basically that every day a child lives, anything he touches becomes part of that child forevermore. A flower petal, a puppy, cool pond water, kind words from his adult caregiver, a loving hug, yummy food treats...anything at all. I'll provide a bit of the verse for reference:
"THERE was a child went forth every day; And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became; And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child, And grass, and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird..."
Some nudity while the toddlers frolic about in the pond is naturally captured in this short film and is complimentary to the setting, inasmuch as that was how younger children normally played in swimming water at the time.
No source of this film for sale is currently available, but a successful search on the internet will find a British historical web site which offers downloads of this film in several different formats.
For those persons who are interested in Great Brittain war time history, this classic short film is important, as it addresses an area that has normally been completely ignored...the younger child of war.
Subject: A remarkable, delightful romp
Subject: Children at Play on the Farm
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Innocent, but VERY suspicious..
Lovely music though.